Former President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien will not appear before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Monday, citing a “family emergency.”
Mr. Stepien was due to testify Monday at a hearing focused on how Mr. Trump sought to overturn the 2020 election results. Former Fox News employee Chris Stirewalt, who worked for the network when he said President Joe Biden won Arizona, will also testify.
For the second part of the hearing, Republican election lawyer Ben Ginsberg, former Atlanta U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak – who resigned when he learned that Mr. Trump would fire him because he didn’t would not investigate allegations of voter fraud – and former Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt.
According to Politico’s Nicholas Wu, Mr. Stepien’s wife is currently in labor.
The hearing is the second in a series of hearings and the first of three to take place this week. The select committee held its first prime-time hearing on Thursday evening during which it heard testimony from journalist Nicholas Quested and U.S. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards.
The hearing drew 20 million viewers and featured never-before-seen footage of former Attorney General William Barr refuting claims the election was stolen as well as Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who said that She respected the opinion of Mr. Barr, and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom worked in administration.
Due to the absence of Mr. Stepien, the hearing will be delayed.
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